PTO Patent Clinic

This clinical course provides doctrinal instruction and hands-on experience in patent prosecution.

PTO Patent Clinic

PTO Patent Clinic

The PTO Patent Prosecution Clinic is a year-long clinic and provides an opportunity for 2L and 3L students to practice patent prosecution in front of the Patent and Trademark Office, the government agency that issues patents. Students work with an experienced patent attorney to consult with clients, determine patentability of inventions, determine patent application strategy, conduct prior art searches, submit applications, respond to Patent Examiners, and provide related counsel services associated with patent applications and prosecution. In addition to their casework, students attend an hour and 40 minute weekly seminar in which students learn the skills necessary to represent clients in front of the PTO, discuss ongoing cases and developing case law in patent law, and discuss policy issues associated with patents and the new America Invents Act. Students should expect to spend approximately 16 hours per week on their fieldwork and seminar.

This upper-level clinical course provides doctrinal instruction and hands-on experience in patent prosecution.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Pre/co-requisite: Intellectual Property or Patent Law (Patent Law may be a co-requisite with permission of the instructor)

Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Academics section of the NYLS Portal under Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning.

8 Credits (4 credits per semester)


Business and Financial Services

Intellectual Property and Privacy

Government and Public Interest Law

General Practice / Chart Your Path





Graduation Requirements